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The Benefits Attributed to Different Rudraksha Faces

The benefits of wearing a Rudraksha bead have been mentioned in several Hindu religious texts. Rudrakshas are commonly associated with Shiva worship and hence important references of the bead appear in texts that are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Rudraksha Jabalopanishad, from the Sama Veda and one among the 108 Upanishads, deals extensively with the benefits and worship of Rudraksha.

The Padma Purana states that the Rudraksha showers its benefit on an atheist and a devotee without any discrimination. Chandrajnana, a Shaiva Agama, states that Rudrakshas that are of copper color, hard and big with intricate designs are of special value. Those Rudrakshas without a proper shape, broken lines, worm inflicted and broken should not be used. Meru Tantra, a Shaiva text, states that the power of a Rudraksha bead increases with its size.
Rudraksha Jabalopanishad details about the benefits attributed to different Rudraksha faces.
Single-Faced: It is the form of the Supreme Truth (Brahman) and helps …

Rudraksha Faces

A Rudraksha bead is distinguished by its number of ‘mukhi’ or faces. Hindu Religious texts talk about Rudrakshas with one to fourteen faces. Some texts refer of Rudrakshas with one to twenty-one faces and some talk about Rudrakshas with more than thirty faces. The five-faced Rudraksha bead is the most common one. Four- and six-faced beads also occur commonly. The natural appearance of some Rudraksha faces is very rare and due to this rare appearance they have become part of Hindu myths. The two-faced Rudraksha – which looks like two semi-circular bead joined – is called Gowri-Shankara or Shiva-Parvati or Ardhanarisvara and falls in the rare category. The three-faced bead named after the Trimurtis is another Rudraksha in the rare category. The rarest of all Rudraksha beads is the single-faced or ek-mukhi. It represents Brahman or Supreme Truth.Legend has it that single-faced Rudrakshas are produced in sets of three. One disappears, one goes underground and one remains on earth. There …